If Jesus is God (and in recent lessons have concluded from evidence that He is), then He is perfectly moral, because God is perfectly moral. If Jesus is perfectly moral, then He can speak no lies. Since He cannot speak lies, anything that Jesus teaches is true. Since the New Testament is historically reliable and accurately records the deeds and teachings of Jesus, then what it says about what Jesus teaches must be true. So, examining teachings of Jesus recorded in the New Testament, we can examine what Jesus taught about the Bible, and have an understanding of whether or not the Bible is truly the Word of God.
We serve a God who is infinitely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, and infinitely loving. Our awesome God created a universe for us to live in, and he created this race that we call humanity. From that human race he has brought into the world his people, first the Jews who led to Christ, and now Christians, the citizens of Christ’s kingdom. God wants all to be in his kingdom, and he desires that all would be saved.
As you listen to this lesson, the 2018 Midterm elections may be over (or maybe you already voted), but it seems that today we live in a perpetual election cycle. Politics is on the mind of many individuals, and discussions about those in office and the policies they make is a constant on social media. But God’s Word has some things to say to us that we ought to keep in mind when we step into the voting booth, whatever election we may be participating in.
Why even bother asking as question like this? Don’t we know that Jesus rose from the dead? Our faith is based on Christ rising from the dead, and yet, there are some who do not believe that Christ really was resurrected, but simply that the disciples believed it to be so. In this lesson, we examine some evidence that should shows us that Christ did in fact rise from the dead.
It is likely that most members of the Lord’s church are at least familiar with the words of Hebrews 10:25, and many can probably quote the verse.
“…not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more as ye see the day drawing night” (Heb. 10:25 ASV)
The verse is so well known, and has been spoken about so many times from our pulpits, that many Christians have come up with excuses to explain how this verse doesn’t apply to them. It is often said that the “forsaking” of the assembly involves completely abandoning the church, and does not refer to those who still attend some of the services of the church. It seems to be believed that it is ok to neglect to meet together with the saints on some occasions, so long as we do not completely abandon the assembly.
However, the admonitions surrounding that charge in the first part of verse 25 begs to differ with that position. In the latter part of the verse, rather than forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, we are expected to exhort (encourage, edify) one another. And in the preceding verse, the Word of God reads,
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…” (Heb. 10:24 ESV)
Again, it seems clear that there is an expectation that we ought to be doing whatever we can to encourage our brethren.
When a person willingly chooses not to gather together with the saints, they are missing that encouragement. A person cannot be encouraged by their brethren if they are not surrounded by their brethren. Likewise, a person cannot be an encouragement to the church unless he is actively participating in the body. In a third place, what does it say about one’s dedication to the Lord and His church when we willingly choose to be doing something else rather than gathering with the saints? Jesus warned of the dangers of being “lukewarm” in Revelation 3:15-16. To the church in Laodicea he said:
“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Rev. 3:15-16 ESV)
Many translations use the word “vomit” instead of spit in verse 16. That paints a pretty disgusting image, but a lukewarm church is disgusting to the Lord. When we choose to be absent from the assembly, what does that say about us? Let’s seek to always be an encouragement to our brethren, and to show that we are not lukewarm in our love for the Lord.
Jesus desire for his church was unity, and the amount of division among those who claim to be Christians is appalling. Our desire should match our Lord’s, but we cannot have unity unless we are united in Christ, in accordance with his world.